This weekend brought the unsealing of Bill Cosby's entire deposition from his civil lawsuit against Andrea Constand, the Temple University employee who accused the star of drugging and raping her. Following the partial reveal from The Associated Press earlier this month, the New York Times obtained the full deposition that took place in 2005 over four days at a Philadelphia hotel.
As we already know, Cosby admitted to drugging women for sex, but this latest report further details his relationship with Constand, other woman and his efforts to keep his infidelity away from his wife Camille Cosby. Here's what we've learned from the NYT report.
Cosby had a so-called "talent" for determining if a woman was consenting to his sexual advances. The NYT described the comedian as being skilled in picking up the nonverbal cues that signaled a woman's consent. In the deposition, Cosby said: "I think I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them."
He seemed to brush off the accusations as no big deal. The deposition paints Cosby as "an unapologetic, cavalier playboy," as described by the NYT. He was said to be annoyed and even mocking as he sat for his testimony against the sexual assault claims. When charged with making light of the very serious situation, Cosby replied: "That may very well be."
Cosby used his role as a mentor to his advantage. In detailing his experience with Constand, Cosby spoke of how their mentor-mentee relationship eventually turned sexual. The report states:
"He painted his relationship with Ms. Constand as one of mentor and mentee, casting himself in the role of an experienced guide and offering her the benefit of his contacts, fame and experience.
At times he described becoming frustrated after Ms. Constand failed to follow his advice, such as when he wanted her to pursue her interest in sports broadcasting by calling someone and she did not. 'Here’s a mentor, Bill Cosby, who is in the business, Bill Cosby, who happens to know something about what to do and Andrea is not picking up on it,' he said.
Ms. Constand ultimately went to the police to complain of Mr. Cosby’s behavior, but in his telling, his seduction was one of persistence and patience.
Early on in his courtship, he arranged an intimate meal alone with her at his Pennsylvania home, complete with Cognac, dimmed lights and a fire, he said. At one point he led her to his back porch, out of sight from his chef. 'I take her hair and I pull it back and I have her face like this,' he said. 'And I’m talking to her ...And I talked to her about relaxing, being strong. And I said to her, come in, meaning her body.'
But the two remained inches apart, he said, and he did not try to kiss her because he did not sense she wanted him to. Nevertheless, at the next dinner he said they had what he described as a 'sexual moment,' short of intercourse. He described her afterward as having 'a glow.'"
Cosby was afraid Constand's mother would think of him as a "dirty old man," so he aimed to prove Constand's consent. After Cosby and Constand's sexual encounter, Cosby says he called her mother to give his account of the incident. From the report:
"In the deposition, he said he was worried that Ms. Constand’s mother would think of him as a 'dirty old man.'
During the call, Mr. Cosby told the deposing lawyers, he wanted Ms. Constand to tell her mother 'about the orgasm' so that she would realize it was consensual.
'Tell your mother about the orgasm. Tell your mother how we talked,' he said he remembered thinking.
Subsequently, concerned that Ms. Constand and her mother might seek to embarrass him, he said he offered to help pay for Ms. Constand’s further education. Years earlier, he offered to reward another woman, Therese Serignese, whom he had met at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1976, with money as a bonus for good grades."
He paid off women to keep his affairs away from his wife. The earliest we know of Camille Cosby's knowledge of her husband's infidelity was 1997 when he admitted to having an affair. In the deposition, Bill described his efforts to keep his cheating ways away from Camille, from blocking a magazine article to funneling money to a woman through his agent so "Mrs. Cosby" wouldn't find out.
Read the entire NYT report here.
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